McDonald ‘sick’ as Pool fall to defeat again

Blackpool's Jack Redshaw looking dejected last night
Blackpool's Jack Redshaw looking dejected last night
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Neil McDonald said he was ‘sick’ after his side fell to defeat via another set piece.

After conceding three from dead balls at Bury on Saturday Pool were once again undone from a corner in the 1-0 defeat against Bradford last night.

James Hanson’s first half header in stoppage time separated the two teams, leaving McDonald a very disappointed man.

“I’m very frustrated, that’s two games on the bounce we’ve lost goals which are preventable,” he said.

“We need to be stronger and win that first header, we certainly didn’t do that against Bury and we didn’t do it last night.

“Last night we just fell down on one set play and it makes us sick really.

“The players put in a lot of hard work with no real reward.”

In the second half Blackpool shaded possession and looked most likely but couldn’t break down a resolute Bradford defence.

And it was that lack of finishing product which McDonald said cost his side.

He said: “We had some decent play but never really hurt their goal keeper.

“We huffed and puffed in front of goal and it was really disappointing.

“We had no cutting edge and no final pass

“I can’t remember their keeper making a save in either half.

“The players put in a lot of hard work without much reward.”

The result leaves Blackpool just a point above the League One relegation zone, now without a game in hand.

They get a break from league action with cup ties against Barnet and Wigan in the next week, before returning to league action the following weekend.

And when they do, the manager will be insisting they get the game’s first goal.

“It’s so important to get that first goal and we haven’t done that away from in the last few weeks,” he said.

“It’s not for the lack of trying.

“I said to the boys at half time not to concede the second goal which we didn’t and we defended well.

“We just didn’t have that cutting edge to get the equaliser.

“I think a fair result would have been a draw.”

McDonald dropped skipper David Ferguson from the squad and Emmerson Boyce was left on the bench for last night’s game after Saturday’s defensive frailties against Bury.

But he was forced into a back four change earlier when Hayden White limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring strain.

“He felt a pull down the back of his leg so we couldn’t really take any chances,” said McDonald.

“We’ll have him assessed in the morning and see if he’ll be fit for the trip to Barnet at the weekend.”